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You Will Need
- Sunflower seeds
- Knowledge of weather conditions and patterns
- Sunny or partially sunny garden spot
- Basic garden tools
- Garden stakes
Choose a variety
Choose a sunflower seed variety based on whether you want to grow giant 10-foot plants, medium-sized 6- to 10-foot plants, or miniature border sunflowers.
Monitor weather conditions
Monitor weather conditions to learn when the danger of frost has passed so you may plant your sunflower seeds safely.
Plant seeds 1-inch deep and 6 to 8 inches apart, spacing rows 3 feet apart for giant varieties, 2 feet apart for mid-sized varieties, and 1 foot apart for miniatures.
Handpick pests, such as caterpillars and weevils, during the growing season, and pluck yellowed leaves.
Maximize sunflower growth by keeping soil moist and fertilizing biweekly.
Stake sunflowers as they grow for stalk support when needed, and in 70 to 90 days you'll be rewarded with a gorgeous crop and nutritious sunflower seeds to share with birds, squirrels, and your friends.